Beauty and the Beast

Season 1 Episode 21


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 01, 1988 on CBS
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Elliot Burch's dream of building the Burch Tower is beginning to become a reality for him, however, it has turned into a nightmare for those living below as the construction threatens the discovery of the Tunnel World. Meanwhile, Elliot makes a bold move and proposes marriage to Catherine.moreless

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  • My Birch vs Joe debate.

    I'm sorry to say but the character Elliot Burch never really moved me all that much. I mean no harm to the actor but I always felt he filled in a part that Joe should have taken. Joe was much more interesting and the chemistry between the three, Vincent, Catherine, and Joe would have sparked. Alas, we have Elliot in which here in this episode the writers are begining to humanize. He's a complicated person but the similarity between Vincent and Birch is the fact they can be persuaded by the same person...Catherine. So by the end we see him broken. A dream gone because of woman and his love for her. (side note) I also did not like that Birch had the privilege to meet Vincent when Joe who was a much more well known and beloved character which we've seen in so many more episodes never gets such a meeting. Meeting Father is as close as he will ever get. :(moreless
Julie Carmen

Julie Carmen

Luz Corales

Guest Star

Linda Porter

Linda Porter


Guest Star

Rutanya Alda

Rutanya Alda


Guest Star

Edward Albert

Edward Albert

Elliot Burch

Recurring Role

David Greenlee

David Greenlee


Recurring Role

Bill Marcus

Bill Marcus

D.A. Moreno

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (32)

    • Catherine: Every step was like a knife inside me. All of my love for you was calling me back.
      Vincent: But a greater love drove you onward. Your strength saved us all. Yet, I share your melancholy.
      Catherine: I was just thinking of Elliot. Vincent, you helped me find the best part of who I am, but Elliot, he has lost more than his tower, he has lost himself.

    • Vincent: I thought I would never see your face again. When you walked away from me, there was such resolve in your heart.
      Catherine: That was the hardest thing I have done in my life.
      Vincent: And the noblest.

    • Elliot: (anguished) I can't!
      Catherine: I understand.

    • Catherine: No! It can't be!
      Elliot: Yes!
      Catherine: It's just a building, Elliot. People are more important than buildings, more important than dreams even...If pick up that phone and stop that tower right now, I will know you believe that too and I will marry you, trust you.

    • Catherine: I want you to halt construction on the tower.
      Elliot: Stop the ... Is this a joke?
      Catherine: No joke. You said you loved, do anything for me.
      Elliot: Oh, Cathy. No, no, no. You don't understand. The tower is the most important thing in my life besides you the two of us on top watching down below taking in the sights.

    • Catherine: Yes, Elliot, I will marry you.
      Elliot: Oh, that is wonderful! Oh, you won't be sorry.

    • Vincent: How can you even consider a union with such a man?
      Catherine: He's a human being, strong and weak, good and bad. You said so yourself, Vincent. And he loves me, as much as a man like Elliot can love.
      Vincent: But you do not love this man!
      Catherine: No. But there is more at stake than just me here. The painted tunnels, Elizabeth, Father and Mouse, all the children who have found safety Below. And you, you most of all..Vincent, you have risked your life for me a hundred times. How can I stand by and watch your world be destroyed when I have the power to save it?
      Vincent: I cannot allow you to sacrifice yourself in such a way.
      Catherine: I'm sorry, Vincent, but it's not your decision. I'm going to marry him. I have to.

    • Vincent: Catherine, no!
      Catherine: I have to. It's the only way. With Luz discredited, nothing stands in the way of the tower. Elliot leaked the story. I'm sure of it. Luz stood in his way, so he removed her, and used me to do it.

    • Catherine: Love can be inconvenient, too.
      Elliot: You don't have to tell me that.Do you think I want to be this out of control? I feel like a 14 year old boy, confused and awkward and scared. I'm never scared, Cathy. I don't allow myself to be scared. And despite everything, I'd rather be right here with you more than anywhere else on earth. There is nothing I can do about the past, but there is plenty we can do about the future together. Cathy, I'm asking you to marry me.
      Catherine: Elliot.
      Elliot: Don't say anything. Not now. All I ask is for you to think about it, seriously, after you have had a little sleep.
      Catherine: Sleep is not going to change anything...
      Elliot: It might. Give me that much at least. I did not ask for this, Cathy, but it is real and I do love you. And I would do anything in this world to make you happy, if you give me the chance.

    • Elliot: At first, yes... But when you came to me and you needed my help, right then I knew I could make you mine. I know desperation when I see it... When someone has something I want I take it. I go for the win that is what I do, what I am... No, it is what I have become but not that day. Why?
      Catherine: Because you are a decent man who could not turn his back on a friend.
      Elliot: I don't have any friends, Cathy. Somewhere on the way up friends became inconvenient.

    • Elliot: I never felt like this before. After I released your friend, my security foreman called me up and very politely asked me if I have lost my mind.
      Catherine: You did the right thing.
      Elliot: Yeah, I seem to be making a habit of that with you... Cathy, I am in love with you! I have had other relationships, but from the very first moment I set eyes on you, I knew you were different. Then when you walked out of my life- that was really different- and I wanted you twice as much.
      Catherine: Because you could not have me. That is obsession, Elliot, that is not love.

    • Vincent: Your heart is full of turmoil.
      Catherine: It's Elliot. It was so easy when I thought I was falling in love and even easier when I was certain that he was evil.
      Vincent: Now, you see him as he truly is good and bad, strong and weak. Capable of great deeds and great wrongs. A human being.
      Catherine: Yes and with human feelings, I feel like I am trading in his feelings.

    • Father: Mouse, I hope this experience has taught you a lesson.
      Mouse: Yes.
      Father: Good.
      Mouse: Shouldn't get caught.

    • Father: Mouse is such a wild spirit.
      Vincent: Whatever happens, Mouse will survive. He survived for years by himself. A shadow. Moving about. Stealing bits of food. Watching us.
      Father: Until you caught him. I remember how he kicked and screamed.

    • Vincent: Catherine will not fail us.

    • Elliot: Trust is a two way street.
      Catherine: You can not barter for trust, Elliot and I can not tell you what you want to know. I made a promise.
      Elliot: (about Mouse) Why should I let him go?
      Catherine: Because I am asking you to.

    • Elizabeth: (about Mouse) He is a rather odd boy. Have you noticed?

    • Mouse: Look, just another stupid tower. They've got plenty Uptop. Don't need this one.

    • Father: It is all being taken away from us, Vincent. The work of a lifetime. Everything we built, lost.
      Vincent: What is lost can be found again, built again. As long as we have each other our world will survive.
      Father: I wish I could believe that.

    • Vincent: (about Mouse's plan) Your heart does you credit.

    • Catherine: (to Luz) Sometimes our commitment can blind us.

    • Vincent: Elizabeth says they are her life. Who are we to tell her she is wrong?

    • Father: The excavation will reveal at least four levels, possibly five or six. And even if we start sealing up all the surrounding tunnels today, there is no way to minimize the exposure. Evacuation is the only answer.

    • Elizabeth: This is my life, Vincent. Here on these walls. You didn't think that I was going to live forever, did you child?

    • Elizabeth: ...I am not finished! You have to finish what you start.

    • Elizabeth: Vincent! Come closer, child! Come see what I have been doing. (Shows painting of Vincent and Erik)
      Vincent: It is as if you saw it with your own eyes.
      Elizabeth: I did in a way. You are not my only visitor, you know. Mouse brings me my paints. Sometimes Mary comes or Sarah. They tell me stories and I put the stories on the wall. So, it is not magic after all. I leave that kind of thing to Narcissa.
      Vincent: You have your own magic.

    • Vincent: (after explosion rocks tunnel) Most excavations stop well above our levels, but this new tower sinks its roots deep into the earth, deeper than any building has ever gone before.
      Catherine: The Burch Tower?
      Vincent: ...If it is not stopped. Father thinks it will be the end of our world.

    • Vincent: (with Catherine in the painted tunnels) Your world and mine. She tells our stories on these walls. Reminds us that we are all part of one great city.
      Catherine: She must be an extraordinary woman to take bare, gray walls and fill them with so much color and beauty.
      Vincent: Elizabeth is a mystery even to us. No one knows when she left the world Above or why. She refuses to speak of such things.

    • Catherine: Restaurants and a waterfall will not make it any less... less...
      Elliot: Large?
      Catherine: It is going to impact the lives of thousands of people. It will change the whole neighborhood, the city.
      Elliot: Change is not always bad, Cathy. (showing the slides) I remember the first time I saw the skyline of New York. Empire State. Chrysler Building. I looked at them and I knew this was where I belonged. This was a town where anything was possible. The town is what I am and now, I am going to give something back.

    • Elliot: (showing the picture of the tower) This is the stuff that dreams are made of.
      Catherine: You have built skyscrapers before.
      Elliot: They were just buildings. This, I have waited my whole life to build this tower. Look at it. Is is 152 stories of offices and apartments and shops. Theaters. Botanical gardens. Nine restaurants. A six story waterfall in the Atrium. A city within a city.

    • Elliot: I hate to sleep. It is such a precious waste of time.
      Catherine: We all need to sleep. We need to dream.
      Elliot: I know about dreams.

    • Elliot: Mr. Maxwell, I already have a key to the city and you would be amazed at how few doors it unlocks.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Ozymandius by Percy Bysshe Shelley:
      I met a traveler from an antique land,
      Who said-two vast and trunkless legs of stone
      Stand in the desert...Near them, on the sand,
      Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
      And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
      Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
      Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
      The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
      And on the pedestal, these words appear:
      My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
      Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
      Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
      Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
      The lone and level sands stretch far away.